John Hawkes’ Only Wish is to Remain Anonymous

John Hawkes’ only wish is to remain anonymous.  However, if he keeps racking up the Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, this goal might get more difficult to maintain.

Hawkes is currently starring in The Sessions, a role that earned him one of those Golden Globe nominations.  But don’t expect to see him out and about doing interviews or courting the media anytime soon.

“If I can’t be invisible in a group of people and observe the behavior around me and translate that into the roles I play, I won’t be as good as an actor,” he said in an interview with The Guardian.  “If somebody rents Winter’s Bone and doesn’t know who I am, that’s probably a satisfying experience for them.  If I’ve done six talk shows that week and they rent it, and they say, ‘Oh, that’s the guy I saw on the talk show last night’ then it’s going to be a very different experience for them.  It’s been a boon to be unknown because people are more apt to believe you, and that’s disappearing for me.”

Hawkes tries to stay off the radar by sticking with independent films with smaller budgets—you won’t be seeing him in a superhero movie or action flick anytime soon.  The actor’s choices are conscious and don’t revolve around how much money he’ll take home from each project.

“I have a very understanding agent and manager and lawyer,” the 53-year-old said.  “But they see the big picture, as I do, that a career is better built on projects that you believe in, as opposed to trying just to make money where you can.  I don’t need much money.  I’ve never owned a new car.  I’ve only ever bought my mother a house.  I don’t own one myself, I’ve always rented.  I’ve never had an assistant.  I have low overheads so that I can afford to do projects that don’t pay a lot.  And I have the freedom that way to do what I like to do.”

 

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/24-legacy-corey-hawkins.jpg
Tony Nominee Corey Hawkins on His Nearly-Disastrous Juilliard Audition
"I remember thinking, ‘I want to go to Juilliard, I want that structure and I want that rigor and that classical foundation.’" - Corey Hawkins
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/the-walking-dead-josh-mcdermitt.jpg
Josh McDermitt: “I moved to LA a little later in my life than when most people move and I feel like I’m better for it.”
"You have wins, you have losses. You have to remain positive, that’s probably the biggest challenge; to not get yourself down." - Josh McDermitt on Acting
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/tracy-letts-indignation.png
Tracy Letts on Turning Down Acting Work: “It’s not worth doing work that I’m not proud of”
"I'm in a weird and enviable position in that, because of my playwriting, I don't have to do anything as an actor I don't want to do." - Tracy Letts
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/elizabeth-moss-handmais-tale.jpg
Elisabeth Moss on ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and Doing Television When Actors Weren’t “Supposed” to Do Television
"I still get excited when I get offered stuff. Like, a part of me thinks, They think I can do it! That’s awesome!" - Elisabeth Moss
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dennis-quaid-dogs-purpose.jpg
Dennis Quaid on Discovering Acting and His Early Career
"I discovered that acting was really a study of human behavior; what made people tick. And that fascinated me, and still fascinates me." - Dennis Quaid